All Hallows’ Eve is here again and that means Jack-o-Lanterns, trick-or-treaters, and eating so much candy corn you feel sick. But it’s also a good idea to remember that scaring the life out of those closest to you and those brave souls that dare knock on your door is a good way to spend the holiday. So if you want to have the freakiest looking house around there’s no need to go down to the local retailer, you probably have everything you need laying around your home.
Don’t forget to include all the people in your home when celebrating Halloween, even those who are stuck in photographs and portraits. By using old paper found around the house you can make, devil horns, fangs, and masks to be stuck to any pictures or portraits you may have in your home. It’s best to use low-tack artists’ tape to stick any paper onto pictures, but be careful if you try this with any expensive paintings or taking the tape off may be a truly frightening experience.
Spiders are scary, there’s just so much that seems wrong with them. It’s hard to pinpoint just what it is; the spindly legs, the mass of eyes, the furry body. But imagine a giant spider traversing your shed or climbing a tree; that will look truly terrifying. First stuff a garbage bag full of leaves, newspaper, or another soft material, and fasten the end to create the body. The legs are made by stuffing down the length of a garbage bag, and rolling the bag over itself into a long cylindrical shape. Tie the end with a cable tie or piece of string and repeat this seven more times, finally attach the legs to the body with glue.
Instead of throwing away your old milk cartons, why not transform them into a set of lanterns to give your porch a creepy glow. Use a black marker pen to draw a shocking face onto the front of the carton, and cut a hole in the bottom. Put an artificial candle or a couple of Christmas lights through the hole in the bottom of the carton to create the glowing effect. Place the lanterns in your porch to create a mystifying aura that is sure to give your entrance an alarming appearance.
Using leftover jars or beakers you may have can be used to turn a table or sideboard into a mad scientist’s workstation. Filling the glass jars with water and a drop or two of food colouring instantly gives the impression that the jars are filled with all sorts of chemicals. Using objects like plastic spiders or dolls heads can give the jars an even more sinister appearance, and combining this with the right mood lighting can make the area feel rather ominous.
If you enjoy crafts you probably have all the equipment needed to make these spooktacular decorations and create a deeply distressing domain.